Thursday, July 19, 2018
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We Are All Argentines I was in the air traffic control tower at a small airport outside Buenos Aires, Argentina. All airports in Argentina, civilian and military, were run by the Argentine Air Force. Argentine Air Force C-130 during Air Fest 2010 show at Moron Air Base, Buenos Aires Argentina (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I wanted to understand, from an air traffic controller’s standpoint, how pilots should communicate with air traffic controllers, because I was studying for my pilot’s license. Though small, the airport was international. It was just across the Rio de la Plata river from Uruguay. Because... (Read More ...)

Does Better Gas Mileage Mean More Tolls? What could possibly be wrong with getting better gas mileage? It is supposed to lower our dependence on foreign oil and reduce global warming. And, of course, it will be cheaper to drive a car. So far, so good. Long ago, taxes were added to the price of a gallon of gasoline. Interstate Signage and Pavement Construction (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The federal government added a sales tax and uses it to fund the Highway Trust Fund, which is responsible for repairing interstate highways. States added a sales tax on top of the federal sales tax. They use it for... (Read More ...)

My dry cleaner just moved. I hadn’t been in a month or so and just went to drop off a pair of slacks and a dress before a business trip. This is the second dry cleaner in that space in the last two years. The previous one lasted seven years and looked prosperous, right up until the end. This one looked bare-bones, appropriate for the economy, I thought. I have yet to find out where they went. Instead, I went looking for the next closest one, five minutes away, downtown in the nearest town. Looking busy, with someone standing at an industrial iron and someone else working at a sewing machine,... (Read More ...)